Capitalism Is Killing Us: Chronic Pain & For Profit Healthcare

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Denver Socialists - ISO says
Capitalism engenders a culture of competition, where a person’s self-worth and their production value are indistinguishable. This places unnatural physical and mental stress on both workers and those unable to participate in the system. This stress may contribute to medical conditions like depression and chronic pain. To date, the single best empirical explanation for chronic lower back pain is not injury, posture, or overuse - it is dissatisfaction with one’s job. This is evidence that capitalism is literally making us sick.

At the same time, capitalism prevents working people from accessing quality medical care. Today, despite the abundance of wealth and resources in the United States, we are suffering from a health care crisis. As of 2016, approximately 27 million nonelderly people lack health insurance. These numbers are expected to worsen with the emergence of Trumpcare.

Moreover, capitalist culture in the US de-incentivizes preventative medicine while marketing ‘healthy living’ as a luxury. Within the current capitalist system, the best solution is to establish a single-payer system. Such a system, provides all residents with the necessary medical services while increasing both patient and doctor autonomy.

This event will be lead by a neuroscientist who specializes in how the human brain and body process aversive information. Using empirical evidence, she will propose that capitalism creates a self-perpetuating culture of oppression that harms our minds and bodies. The discussion will center on chronic pain and interweave both scientific evidence and sociology discourse. It will conclude with a discussion on the personal and societal benefits of socialized medicine.

Please join us if you are interested in learning about socialist solutions to the healthcare crisis as well as how society shapes conditions like chronic pain and anxiety.

A future meeting by FemmeLeft will focus on mental health under capitalism and discuss ways communities can provide support for themselves as we fight for system change.
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By: Denver Socialists - ISO

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